Pentagon denies Iran’s claims that US tried to detain tanker

A video grab shows an Iranian soldier on a jet boat in front of a US warship during the seizure of a Vietnam-flagged oil tanker in the Sea of Oman. EPA

US officials said it was Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who seized a Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker last month

The Pentagon has denied claims Iranian forces thwarted an attempt by the US to detain a tanker carrying Iran’s oil in the Sea of Oman.

US officials said it was Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who seized a Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker last month, while US naval forces were just monitoring the situation.

“I’ve seen the Iranian claims, they are absolutely totally false and untrue … it’s a bogus claim,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

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